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Teaching and using sur le cou de pied from the beginning



Sur le cou de pied is a position that I find very helpful for encouraging students to shape their feet correctly for…

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Added by abc for dance on April 6, 2017 at 11:27am — No Comments

Crustless Almond Tart - 3 versions - Great source of healthy fats

This recipe is modified from a NY Times recipe - "Pan Baked Lemon- Almond Tart".  I played around with the recipe trying to figure out how to boost the good fats that our bodies need to recover from dance.  Fats are part of the composition of all cell membranes, so eating better fat choices will help build healthier and more efficient cellular function.  Healthy fats are also important for tendon health.  Free range eggs and grass fed butter will improve the ratio of Omega 3 - Omega 6 fatty…

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Added by abc for dance on January 12, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe -(Grain free, vegetarian and vegan versions included)

Here's a version of Mac and Cheese that keeps the comfort food aspects in but also improves the nutritional profile so that it can be healthy meal option.  This particular version freezes well, so to save some precious time, make a double or triple batch and freeze in individual glass containers for those times life is too crazy to cook from scratch.



Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

2 cups of butternut squash in approximately 1 inch…

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Added by abc for dance on January 6, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Deconstructing the Tour Jeté

This post is based on the Progressions for Progress class that I recently taught at the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC and Long Beach.  With the positive feedback from the class, I decided to write this up as a blog post so that I can share it with more people.  The process used here can easily be adapted for all dance steps.  To clarify the step being deconstructed, this link will take you…

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Added by abc for dance on August 10, 2016 at 12:45am — No Comments

Information Overload and Effective Cues and Corrections

I was recently asked to present a few classes at a small conference geared towards hypnotists, not my normal dance, exercise, anatomy type of student to be sure.  During the time spots I wasn't presenting, I was welcome to participate in classes that other people were presenting and these ran the…

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Added by abc for dance on March 17, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Performance Hack #2 - Truly Invisible Straps

Straps can be a problem.  Even though many costumes and undergarments come with adjustable straps now, they aren't really invisible.  The clear plastic straps look shiny on stage and break easily, the "nude" straps don't seem to match anyone's skin tones.  Solution?  Make your own invisible straps.

1.  Take the clear plastic straps that you want to replace and remove the fittings from them.…

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Added by abc for dance on May 26, 2015 at 6:16am — No Comments

Performance Hack #1 - Coloring Pointe Shoes

Need a pair of pink pointe shoes to turn black (or one of many other colors)?  Conventional dye can be tricky as it's quite wet and the shoes can soften too much from it (not ideal if you have your shoes at the perfect broken in level).  Fabric paint is a less than ideal…

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Added by abc for dance on May 23, 2015 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Turning Competition Dance Around

I recently shared an article about a competition routine danced by 8 year old dancers that appeared in a prominent news source.  The article was reflecting on the appropriateness or lack of that was demonstrated in this dance.  I was absolutely floored that within 48 hours the post had reached just under 19,000 people and generated almost 100 likes, comments and shares combined.  It's obviously a hot button topic.  The overwhelming response was that the act was inappropriate for that age…

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Added by abc for dance on April 11, 2015 at 9:40am — No Comments

Wearing Many Hats

Very few of us are just a dancer or just a dance teacher, we are usually trying to juggle many different roles at the same time and it can be challenging.  When I owned my studio I was constantly switching between studio owner, teacher, choreographer, office manager, grant writer, artistic…

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Added by abc for dance on January 18, 2015 at 11:34am — No Comments

Increasing Your Traditional Media Exposure

Keeping your studio or company name in front of the public is a challenge for most dancers.  Paid advertising can be effective, but costly and sometimes it's hard to know how to get exposure otherwise.  

The adage "You don't get something for nothing" is pretty much spot on when you are looking at marketing, but…

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Added by abc for dance on January 10, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Dancing in Heels

Dancing in heels is nothing new.  Throughout the history of many dance styles heels seem to come in and out of fashion.  Historical pictures have documented dancers in heels going back as far as the middle ages for both male and female dancers for social dances, but it's only been recently where I've seen classes…

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Added by abc for dance on January 3, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Convert Your Leotard - Handy Upcycle Project

What to do when it's 4 degrees out and you have only a pile of camisole leotards?  Convert a camisole leotard into a long sleeve leo by upcycling a sweater that has a pull or run in it.

1.  FInd a sweater you are no longer using as a sweater due to a pull or run in the body (or other reason, like lots of holiday designs on the front).

2.  Carfully remove the sleeve along the seam line at the shoulder.  This works best with a sweater that has normal inset sleeves (the sleeve…

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Added by abc for dance on January 7, 2014 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Shoe Deodorizers - Craft Project

A simple craft that will help absorb odors and moisture from your shoes while helping the shoes to retain their shape.  Please note that a mesh fabric was used for demonstration purposes only.  To avoid dust in your shoes, use a slightly tighter weave fabric - muslin would be a good choice.

 

1.  Cut a rectangle of fabric that is as wide as the inside of your shoe and twice as long as the area you want to cover.  To be effective you want to cover at least the front half of the…

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Added by abc for dance on January 5, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments

Hip Helpers - A Quick Conditioning Series



The ability to move your thigh freely in your hip socket is crucial for all style of dance.   To be able to do this without pain,…

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Added by abc for dance on December 26, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Wall Barre Alignment Strengthener

Use your break between classes to improve your alignment and strength with this short workout -

 

Lay on your side with your bottom and shoulders against a wall.  Most people will not have their back all of the way against the wall.  Bend your bottom elbow and allow your head to rest on your arm to help…

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Added by abc for dance on December 22, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Snowflake Ballet - Craft Project

A fun and easy craft for any dancer old enough to use scissors.

You will need 1 paper ballerina for each project.  Here is a link to the drawing that I used for my ballerina base arabesque.docx

An additional sheet of paper and a pair of scissors is also needed to complete the project.

1.  If using the…

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Added by abc for dance on December 20, 2013 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Easy Bun Cover - Craft Project

You will need an 8 inch piece of fabric - sheer works well, a fabric marker or pen, scissors, a 2.25 inch metal barrette, hair elastic, needle and thread, a 7 - 7.5 inch circle to use as a pattern and optional items to decorate the finished bun cover.

1. Trace around your circular object to draw the shape on the wrong…

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Added by abc for dance on December 20, 2013 at 12:12am — No Comments

Tribute to Ron Field

Dancer's Over 40 presented their tribute to choreographer / director Ron Field this evening at the St. Luke's Theatre in NYC.  It was an incredible slice of dance and theatre history that left me sad for a generation of dancers who probably aren't aware of the amazing body of work created by Mr. Field and the dancers who brought his visions to life.

As a dancer, Ron Field appeared in Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Kismet and The Boy Friend.  Switching over to choreography his debut was…

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Added by abc for dance on October 22, 2013 at 12:35am — No Comments

In Houston? Check out this neat exhibit

The University Museum at Texas Southern University is hosting an exhibit called "Dance Theatre of Harlem - 40 Years of Firsts".  The exhibit runs through April 28th and includes photos, costumes and more.  In conjunction with this exhibit, the following special events are also planned -

Tuesday April 2nd - Serious Dancers Workshop with Laura Anderson and Dwight Baxter

Saturday April 6th - African Americans in Classic Ballet with Dwight Baxter and Lauren Anderson

Sunday…

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Added by abc for dance on March 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Costume Season

As many schools, studios and companies gear up towards spring performances, the air becomes heavy with sequins, rhinestones and fabric.  As fun as it can be to flip through a costume catalog or two, looking at the artwork of historical dance costumes is much more inspiring.

Enjoy this armchair tour of some wonderful dance costume collections -

  • Ballet Russe - Leon Baskt and Pablo Picasso were two of the designers.  This link takes you to a collection of pieces by Baskt,…
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Added by abc for dance on March 18, 2013 at 11:50pm — No Comments

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